Windows 10: Best backup and sync tool

Discus and support Best backup and sync tool in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; That was it! It was FAT32. I deleted the old image files x4, and re-formated that USB stick to NTFS, and created a new image on that. Now I have one... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Word Man, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. Word Man Win User

    Best backup and sync tool


    Glad it worked out!
     
    Word Man, Apr 5, 2018
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  2. Hoffl Win User

    Hey all,

    Two goals:

    1.) I have a brand new Win10 laptop, haven't installed anything at all yet.
    Want to back it up somehow so I can (quickly and easily) restore to that factory fresh point later.

    2.) I want to sync all my files to an external hard drive (and then sync that hdd to another for dual backup). I want it to be a no-brainer, so if I rename or delete files on my laptop, it reflects it in the backup next time I back up.

    Is there a great tool that will do both?
    Or need two programs?

    I tried SyncToy, which seemed to work great. But it often said it missed a couple files each time, that it couldn't back up some how.

    Appreciate any recommendations. Thanks

    :)
     
    Hoffl, Apr 28, 2018
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  3. Windows 10 Backup of OneDrive Folder

    Its not supported by the Backup tools in Windows because they can't see it. You could use Google Backup and Sync to backup some of it.
     
    Andre Da Costa, Apr 28, 2018
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  4. Best backup and sync tool

    Windows 10 - Backup

    Well - the Windows 7 Backup tool is back!! Was really disappointed when it was taken away in Windows 8, but it is back and it is the best backup tool that I have ever used.
     
    patewilliam, Apr 28, 2018
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  5. NavyLCDR New Member
    1) Macrium Reflect Free
    2) FreeFileSync
     
    NavyLCDR, Apr 28, 2018
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  6. f14tomcat Win User
    Yes, Macrium is best for your image/system backups.

    *ArrowMacrium Software | Macrium Reflect Free

    SyncToy is excellent, and native MS. Most likely the files you are seeing "missed" are protected system files, like NTUser.dat. Should be a red message at the top after running it, where you can check that. Edit your sync definitions to omit system files. You would never want to restore them, anyway....just your personal data. The error should go away.


    Best backup and sync tool [​IMG]
     
    f14tomcat, Apr 28, 2018
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  7. Hoffl Win User
    Great. Thank you. But does SyncToy work for Windows 10? I see a lot of Google search questions for SyncToy alternative for Win10.

    Never used Win10 till now, only used SyncToy previously on Win7.
     
    Hoffl, Apr 28, 2018
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  8. swarfega Win User

    Best backup and sync tool

    swarfega, Apr 28, 2018
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  9. Phone Man Win User
    I use Macrium for my OS and SyncToy for my data and running on W10.
    Years ago I saw posts on missing files and did see a few myself.
    I found that if you use the Preview at the bottom of page and then Run it seams to run fine.

    I have two external USB drives (MyBook and Ultra) and backup from my main system to each.

    My Backup folder is where I store my Macrium image files for my 3 systems as you can see I backup that folder to the external drives using SyncToy.


    Best backup and sync tool [​IMG]


    Jim *Cool
     
    Phone Man, Apr 29, 2018
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  10. f14tomcat Win User
    Sorry, @Hoffl - been away for a while. Absolutely works with Win 10! Net is full of search results like that. Most are from other vendors as a way to push their product. You do a plain search on SyncToy or lots of other products, and you'll get results for "Alternatives for __________", just fill in the blanks. My screenshot I posted is from Windows 10 Pro 16299, FCU. And it works on all the flavors of Insider builds, too. It's native MS, it just works.
     
    f14tomcat, Apr 29, 2018
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  11. Hoffl Win User
    Great! Thanks a lot.
     
    Hoffl, Apr 29, 2018
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  12. Hoffl Win User
    Thanks everyone. Looking to try Macrium Reflect Free. Couple questions:

    1. The Macrium videos I watched said you have to connect to internet to (download and) install Reflect to your PC. My new PC is not connected to the internet yet, and I don't want it to be, because I want to capture an image backup before any Microsoft updates (which I assume will happen as soon as I connect to internet...). Is there a way to install and create a bootable system backup without connecting to the internet (to download Reflect or Windows PE thing it seems to require)?

    2. If Macrium Reflect is so good and so powerful, how can it be free? I would rather pay for something if I could know for certain it keeps all my data strictly to myself, and never installs a keylogger or "phones home" with my data or something like that. Not trying to be cynical or disrespectful... just very cautious!

    Thanks!
     
    Hoffl, Apr 29, 2018
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  13. ap1978 Win User

    Best backup and sync tool

    1. You need to download the installer from the net first. Install the software and create the rescue disk (WinPE).
     
    ap1978, Apr 29, 2018
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  14. Hoffl Win User
    Thanks! I got it downloaded now. Seems to include the Windows PE thing too... so hopefully will run 'standalone' on my new PC.
     
    Hoffl, Apr 29, 2018
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  15. Hoffl Win User
    Hoffl, Apr 29, 2018
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